I knew it was only a matter of time but here we have the first Snapchat arrest chronicled on this site. For those of you unfamiliar with Snapchat you can catch up here but in a nutshell it’s a smart phone app that deletes texts and photos after 10 seconds.
Anyway in Fall River, Massachusetts 27-year-old Adam Medeiros has been charged with allegedly enticing a 13-year-old girl over Snapchat among other things. Medeiros was a teacher at Talbot Middle School but has since resigned his position. He’s accused of not only sending inappropriate texts and photos but also having inappropriate conversations and contact with the student. For example…
Medeiros, 27, allegedly made inappropriate comments and gestures to the student, such as grabbing her belt.
In one incident, the victim told police that Medeiros pulled her shirt up and said, “I like the view from up here but I don’t want anyone else to see it,” according to police reports.
The girl said Medeiros invited her over to his apartment during the April vacation, said she looked “hot” and complimented her legs. The girl also said Medeiros made comments about a classmate’s backside, alluded to having had sex with another teacher and even texted her once while he was on a date, saying that he wished she was there with him, according to police reports.
On one occasion, the girl claimed that Medeiros warned her by saying, “You better not say anything to anyone or you would regret it if you tell someone,” according to court records.
In his defense Medeiros has said that he’s known the victim since sixth grade has a very friendly and casual relationship with her. Uh, that’s not really helping your case there pal. Teachers are supposed to have a professional relationship with their students, not a casual one. Not to mention the fact I don’t care how casual the relationship may be it is never appropriate to communicate with a student via Snapchat. That makes you look more guilty than anything.
Early in 2012 police in Roy, Utah arrested a then 16-year-old Joshua Kyler Hoggan for allegedly plotting an attack on Roy High School. At the time of his arrest Hoggan was offended when police compared him to the Columbine cowards. He thought that his plan would have done more damage because of how intelligent he is. I think the word he was looking for was arrogant and not intelligent. Hoggan was supposedly so obsessed with his plan that he flew to Colorado, unattended and unknown by anyone, so he could interview Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis about what happened at Columbine. Hoggan and a cohort were also said to be in possession of bomb making materials. For all his problems Hoggan only got 6 months in juvenile detention.
Fast forward to June of 2013 and a now 18-year-old Hoggan is running for mayor of Roy. Since Hoggan was sentenced as a juvenile his criminal record is technically sealed even though everyone knows what he was convicted of. This is just one of the many reasons why this arrogant toad should have been charged as an adult. I would say he has no shot in hell of becoming mayor but stranger things have happened. So there’s a possibility that the city of Roy, Utah could have someone who wanted to blow up a school that had more than a 1000 students at the time as their mayor. Good luck with that.
UPDATE 8/23/2013: Last week Hoggan lost his bid for mayoralship with less than 5% of the vote. How did he get that much? Who voted for him? Angry suburban 18-year-olds who think Green Day is punk? Whatever. At least we don’t have to worry about a Utah mutant enclave. Utah mutant? Mutahnt?
I would assume that most people think of pimps and sex traffickers as men but women can be pimps and traffickers too, in some cases they’re even more vicious than their male counterparts. Sometimes they are romanticized by referring to them as madams but there is nothing matronly about them.
Take 20-year-old Jacqueline Pamela Oliver of Seattle, the accused pimp with the phrase ‘Lady Thug’ tattooed on her leg. She’s been charged with prostituting at least two underage girls, ages 15 and 16, on Backpage in the Seattle area. She was turning out the girls while keeping all their money. She was supposedly even living in a motel with the 16-year-old as her ‘girlfriend’. See, female pimps can just be predatory as the men.
Do you know who else made money off of these underage girls? Backpage, of course. They say that have a ridiculous amount of safeguards in place but as far as I can tell they’re not working very well. Like they care.
31-year-old Wilbert Andres Mancia-Mejia of Colton, California was arrested in Redlands, California for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on craigslist. Mancia-Mejia met the girl online using the alias of Albert Mann. He allegedly took pictures of the girl while they were having sex (child rape, the CA age of consent is 18) and used the photos to advertise her on craigslist. Mancia-Mejia is said to have sent the victim into a Redlands motel and told her to wait for him. Instead an unidentified man went in and sexually assaulted her. I would imagine that he paid Mancia-Mejia. The girl reported it to police.
Again how’s that consenting adults thing working out for you? Still clinging desperately to that to justify being a ‘hobbyist’? In most cases the women are hardly consenting and in too many cases they’re hardly adults. By the way craigslist, I thought you got rid of this stuff on your website. Oh. that’s right. You don’t bother to check to see if that’s really true or not.
I found this infographic about non-lethal alternatives to firearms interesting. Your mileage may vary. I especillay find it interesting that in some states TASERs and stun guns are banned but firearms are permitted. For instance in my state of North Carolina you can carry a gun with a concealed carry permit but TASERs are only allowed in homes and businesses. Doesn’t make a lot of sense.
In January of last year police in Brownsville, Texas shot and killed 15-year-old eighth grader Jaime Gonzalez in the halls of Cummings Middle School. Gonzalez was brandishing a realistic looking pellet gun pictured above. Police asked him multiple times to relinquish the weapon but Gonzalez refused leaving police no choice but to fire on him. Police were cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury later that year.
Now the parents of Jamie have filed a lawsuit against the city of Brownsville seeking compensation for physical and emotional injury, pain and suffering, along with funeral expenses and attorney fees.
Again I have to say that I am sorry for their loss however in my opinion the police acted exactly the way they should have. They assessed him as a threat and took appropriate action. As I’ve said before police are trained to aim at center mass and any kind of shoot to wound procedure is just TV foolery. Also I’m sure the police were devastated once they found out that the gun was not real.
If history is any indicator this lawsuit will more than likely be thrown out however if I was the city I would at least pay the funeral expenses and offer a little something extra to the family.
The guy in the striped pajamas over there is 47-year-old Thomas Hicks of Maple Valley, Washington. Police in nearby Everett, Washington say that Hicks posted a craigslist ad allegedly looking for sex from underage girls. In fact they say that the ad said “Collecting Virgins m4w – 45 (Auburn).”
Everett police posed as a 15-year-old girl and corresponded with Hicks. In case you were wondering what Hicks’ intentions may have been police say that one of his messages contained the following…
When asked what he wanted to do, Hicks reportedly responded, “I would love to make it real good for you…taking my time…making sure you thoroughly enjoy yourself.”
Police arranged a meeting with Hicks at a local apartment where Hicks was arrested. At the time of his arrest Hicks allegedly used the ‘just hanging out’ defense used by so many people profiled on To Catch A Predator. He also claimed that he previously met housewives through the ad and meant college age when he said ‘younger’. Right. The odds of finding a college aged virgin housewife on craigslist are slim to none and Slim just left. Also considering the way his ad was worded I doubt this was his first time only his first time being caught.
Still, predators will continue to use craigslist to find new victims until craigslist itself is willing to step up and actually do something about it. See the previous paragraph on the odds of that happening.
33-year-old Justin Crawford of Twin Falls, Idaho was arrested last year for soliciting the rape of his wife through craigslist. Luckily she was not raped however two men on separate occasions did make their way into the house to try. One wrestled a gun away from her while the other she held at gunpoint until police arrived. Crawford posed as his wife telling these two men that she was into rape fantasies and that they should do it no matter how much she fights back.
Late last year Crawford rejected a plea deal that would have seen him get 10 to 15 behind bars. Last week Crawford must have thought better of it and decided to plead guilty. Crawford is a member of the Idaho National Guard and his defense was going to be that he suffers from PTSD. While it may be true that he does suffer from PTSD I don’t see how that would cause him to craft such an elaborate plan to have his wife raped. He’s still looking at the 10-15 years and may not be sentenced until next year.
As I’ve mentioned before Crawford is not the first person to solicit someone’s rape through craigslist or as I call it rape by proxy. Hell, he’s not even the first guy to try to have his wife raped. Unfortunately the first guy to do that succeeded. Still craigslist continues to go on without being moderated and continues to attract any number of sexual predators without any kind of backlash. On top of that there are still people out there who think craigslist is completely safe and trustworthy. I would think that Crawford’s victim would say otherwise.
This past week the medical examiner in Maine released the cause of death for 15-year-old Nichole Cable. Dr. Margaret Greenwald released a statement saying that Nichole died from asphyxia due to compression of the neck.
If you’ll recall Nichole died during an alleged staged kidnapping scheme using a fake Facebook account perpetrated by 20-year-old Kyle Dube. Investigators say that Dube tied Nichole up and put her in the back of a pick up truck where she died.
I’m no forensic expert but compression of the neck makes it sound like that she was strangled somehow. Whether it was due to Dube manhandling her in the attack or the way he tied her up remains to be seen.
Either way Dube is an idiot for coming up with a plot that should have been prefaced with the phrase ‘it’s so crazy it might work’. No, they never work. Leave that shit for bad sitcoms. In the real world people get hurt and die.
UPDATE 6/18/2013: Dube’s public defender is asking for a psychiatric evaluation for his client to see if Dube is competent to stand trial. I don’t think being a selfish predatory dumbass is the same as mental incompetence.
25-year-old Raul Garcia of Houston, Texas allegedly posted an ad on craigslist looking for high school girls and not to tutor them. Police say he posted the ad from his work computer which basically said ‘Looking for any hot high school chicks.’ A Harris County Precinct 4 Constable responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old girl. They traded messages back and forth. Some of Garcia’s are said to have contained the following…
But the 25-year-old allegedly asked the supposed 14-year-old if she wanted “sex on the down low” and if she would send him a “naughty pic.”
‘We really don’t care what grade you’re in.’
“I am looking for a sexy high school girl who wants to experience an older guy…,”
In case there was any doubt what he was talking about investigators say that Garcia also sent an explicit photo of himself.
I know I sound like a broken record (kids, ask your grandparents what a record was) but it needs to be said. This is the user base of craigslist, pedophiles and predators who use it as a kind of catalog to select their next victims. Still no one is calling on craigslist to monitor their site. No one in the media and no one who holds an office. What kind of hideous atrocity do the craigslist creepers have to commit before craigslist is on the hot seat again?